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Fist of the North Star (1986)

Hokuto no Ken (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Drama | 27 September 1991 (USA)
A practitioner of the deadly martial art "Hokuto Shinken" allies with two children and an expert in "Nanto Suicho-Ken" to fight against the rivals who kidnapped his lover and threaten the prosperity of mankind.

Director:

Toyoo Ashida

Writers:

Buronson (comic), Tetsuo Hara (comic) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kamiya ... Kenshiro (voice)
Yuriko Yamamoto ... Yuria (voice)
Kenji Utsumi ... Raoh (voice)
Chikao Ohtsuka ... Jagi (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ... Shin (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ... Rei (voice)
Tomiko Suzuki ... Lin (voice)
Teiyû Ichiryûsai Teiyû Ichiryûsai ... Bat (voice) (as Mie Suzuki)
Arisa Andô Arisa Andô ... Airi (voice)
Junji Chiba Junji Chiba ... Ryuken (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata Hidekatsu Shibata ... Zeed (voice)
Junpei Takiguchi Junpei Takiguchi ... Heart (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Fox (voice)
Hiroshi Ôtake Hiroshi Ôtake ... Jackal (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Uyghur (voice)
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Storyline

After a nuclear holocaust tears the world apart, mankind is forced to the harshness of not only the oppression of others who are much more powerful, but the dead earth which seems to be getting worse with every passing moment. But a savior has risen from the ashes, a man who will defeat those who would torment the weak and make the world a livable place once more. A man named Kenshiro..... Written by Chuck "Dark-Side" Williamson

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Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fist of the North Star See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White (some footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ryûken's speech regarding the nature of life and death, which opens the English dub, is quoted verbatim by Jeru the Damaja on the intro to his classic album The Sun Rises in the East. See more »

Goofs

At one point during his fight with Raoh, Kenshiro's arm bands are back on even though moments earlier they ripped off when he activates his Hokuto Shinken, a moment later they vanish again. See more »

Quotes

Kenshirô: Shin.
Shin: The time has come. Yuria is mine now. In times like these only the strongest may possess what is most valuable!
Yuria: [Shin grabs her hand] Uh. What are you doing? Uh.
Kenshirô: Let her go!
Shin: Get back! I warned you. Don't stand in my way Ken, I don't want to hurt you but I will if I have to. You see, Yuria is mine. Understand?
Yuria: This is madness. The fists of the north and south aren't ever supposed to fight, you know that!
Shin: Perhaps that was true once but now rules are meaningless. Defend yourself!
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Alternate Versions

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References Arion (1986) See more »

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Purple Eyes
Written by Tsuyoshi Ujiki
Performed by Kodomo Band
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Yes Yes Yes
5 February 1999 | by codmonSee all my reviews

This movie rocks. I have seen a fair share of anime, but I'm not as hard core as some of the purists who don't like this movie. Regardless, this is the best anime film I've seen. The animated action is tremendous. I did see the dubbed version, and I'm sure it is better with subtitles. Nevertheless, there are some classic lines in this movie that had me rolling.

"Death is something to be savored like fine wine... but if you are so impatient I must kill you now, so be it" excuse the inexact quotation;

This movie is all about bad ass fighters. You see one character and you think, wow that dude can kick some ass... he is bad ass. Then a new character comes along... no wait a minute THIS guy is bad ass... then another character... my mistake, THIS guy is bad ass. The heirarchy of power in this movie seems to have no limit. I think this film is much more artistic and creative than much of the pure porno anime that makes up the genre. If I want to watch porn I prefer real life to animation. This movie explores the full potential of drawings in motion.

"You are already dead!"


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